Hurricane: the People’s Champion

July 25, 2010 at 9:54 pm (beer, Champagne Charlie, drugs, sport, whiskey, whisky, wild man, wine)

RIP Hurricane, 1949 -2010

The People’s Champion found dead, alone and emaciated in his flat. He was poverty-stricken, toothless and had endured two major operations for throat cancer. But…

…(in the words given to him by actor Richard Dormer in the one-man play Hurricane)…

“Don’t pity me. I’ve stood on top of the world.”

3 Comments

  1. charliethechulo said,

    “The Big Dollop” is rather moving, and gets it about right:
    http://bigdollop.blogspot.com/2010/07/alex-higgins-rip.html

  2. entdinglichung said,

    on http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/jul/25/alex-higgins-obituary-snooker-champion I found this:

    around the time he threatened to have his Northern Irish Catholic rival Dennis Taylor killed, saying: “I come from Shankill and you come from Coalisland, and the next time you are in Northern Ireland I will have you shot

  3. Matt said,

    Although at http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/jul/25/alex-higgins-obituary-snooker-champion there is also this:

    ‘Taylor, the man Higgins would once have had shot, said: “Alex was unique. He did a lot for the game, playing the game differently from how anyone had seen before. What happened between us is water under the bridge. We made it up. He battled right to the end, and that is what he did in his entire snooker career.”‘

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